Palace tells critics: Let's work together to uplift Filipinos' lives

December 18, 2012 11:33 pm 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Dec. 18 — Malacanang Tuesday urged critics of the Reproductive Health bill to help the government in uplifting the lives of Filipinos instead of calling for "civil disobedience" with the passage of the controversial measure in Congress.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma called on anti-RH advocates to work with the government to improve the country's economy and in its poverty alleviation programs.

Earlier reports said that Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar V. Cruz has said he received information that "civil disobedience" will be pushed if the RH bill is passed.

"Maraming mga Catholic organizations at associations, mga Catholic medical society and legal society, etc. ang nagsabi sa atin at nagparamdam sa atin na igigiit talaga nila ang civil disobedience oras na maisabatas ang RH bill. Sinasabi nila na hindi talaga nila malulunok ang RH bill oras na maging batas," said Cruz in a radio interview.

Instead of calling for civil disobedience, Coloma said: "Sana'y humanap tayong lahat ng mga pagkakataon at pamamaraan upang tayo'y magtulungan sa pagpapanday ng mga programang magsusulong sa pag-angat ng kabuhayan at pag-ahon mula sa kahirapan ng mga mamamayang Pilipino." (PNA)

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